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We have now added more than 1,000 places to our A to Y Gazetteer of Yorkshire. We've listed the cities and towns and now many of the villages, with links to pages providing more information or to pinpoint villages on our unique Yorkshire map.

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Illuminations at Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey at a previous illuminated event The dramatic illuminations at Whitby Abbey return this coming weekend (October 23) and continue until Halloween on October 31.

The abbey ruins were an inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula and the landmark's gothic splendour will be aglow in many colours between 6pm and 9pm each night. There will also be food and drink stalls, historical traders and spooky souvenirs.

Details and admission prices can be found at this  English Heritage - Illuminated Abbey web page.

More about Yorkshire abbeys.


Group One finale at Doncaster

Doncaster racecourse The last Group One race of the English flat racing season takes place at Doncaster racecourse in South Yorkshire as part of two days of racing action this Friday and Saturday (October 22 and 23).

The feature race, The Vertem Futurity Trophy, is at 3.15pm on Saturday among a card of seven races, the first at 1.30pm and the last race at 4.55pm. Before that is an afternoon of seven races on Friday, when the first race is at 1.00pm and the last at 4.25pm.

There is one more day of flat racing at Doncaster this season, the November Handicap raceday, which takes place on November 6.


Marvellous museums

Yorkshire has hundreds of marvellous museums celebrating the region's rich history, its transport, diverse industries and characters from Yorkshire whose names became known across the globe. Some of the museums are of world-class and national importance. We have a selection of some of the best in Yorkshire on our Museums page with links to their websites so that you can check for opening times. You will also find many more museums by looking up cities and towns in our Gazetteer.


Latest information on Covid-19

New infection figures worsening again across most of Yorkshire

See our Covid-19 update page for:

• Latest figures, the worst-hit places across Yorkshire and places with the lowest new infection rates.

• Information on vaccines.

UK population unvaccinated 26.4%
UK adults unvaccinated 6.3%
Vaccination data up to October 17, 2021. Population based on 2020 estimates

• Links to latest Covid-19 statistics and useful further information.

 Covid-19 update   

Do you know your Yorkshire?

Can you name the seven cities of Yorkshire?
Which were the first three to be recognised as cities?
For the answers see: Seven cities
How about the seven largest towns and cities of Yorkshire?
For the answer see: Largest towns and cities
Where are the nine horse racecourses of Yorkshire?
Which of them stages the world's oldest classic race?
For the answers see: Racecourses
Which were the five highest-placed Yorkshire football teams in the 2020-21 season? End of season promotions and relegations saw which four Yorkshire teams moving in or out of the Championship?
To find the answers see: Yorkshire football
If a board game was to feature Yorkshire’s four busiest railway stations, which would they be?
For the answer see: Railway stations
How many of Yorkshire’s five highest mountains can you name?
For the answer see: Highest mountains
Where were the eight start and finish locations for the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire cycle races?
For the answer see: Tour de Yorkshire 2019
Based on district local authorities, where are the seven largest populations in Yorkshire?
For the answer see: Populations

On Ilkla Moor Baht ’at

If you’re from Yorkshire you will probably recognise our background picture as the Cow and Calf Rocks on Ilkley Moor, famous as the location of the Yorkshire dialect anthem "On Ilkla Moor Baht ’at". More on Ilkley.

Recent Yorkshire news topics

RL World Cup postponed : Competition due to feature several matches in Yorkshire, put off until 2022.

North Yorkshire council changes : District councils to be abolished.

Batley and Spen Election 2021 : Labour hold seat in parliamentary by-election.

High Street recovery : Huddersfield town centre at UK No1 for spending recovery.

Elections 2021 results : Regional round-up of all the local government elections.

Last launch of lifeboat : End of an era for Filey's all-weather rescue boat.

Minster commemoration : York prayers for Royal Family.

April 12 reopening : Big step in the return to Yorkshire attractions.

Bradford station site : Council plans to move station for faster rail service 7 minutes walk further away from centre.

Spring 2021 Budget : Yorkshire Freeports in Spring Budget.

Green Flag parks : High standards of Yorkshire parks and green spaces.

New airport terminal : Council backs Leeds Bradford Airport expansion plans.

News archive 2020: News from 2020.

News archive 2019: News from 2019.

News archive 2018: News from 2018.

News archive 2017: News from 2017.

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